ALPENA, MI – The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office issued the following scam alert for the area on Sunday, October 11th, 2015.
The scammer calls claiming to be from the IRS and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. These scammers will sound convincing and will use fake names with fake IRS badge numbers. They advise the victim that money is owed to the IRS and must be paid quickly. The scammer typically asks for payment to be put on a pre-loaded debit card or via wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are typically threatened that local police will arrest them if payment is not received.
The IRS will never do the following;
– Call to demand immediate payment or call about taxes owed without first mailing you a bill.
– Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to dispute the amount owed.
– Require the use of specific payment methods for owed taxes.
– Ask for personal information over the phone. (ex. Social security numbers, banking information, date of births, or credit card numbers)
– Threaten to have local police or other law enforcement groups arrest you for not paying.
The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind citizens to be alert and remain vigilant to these scams. Don’t become a victim and report the scam to local law enforcement.